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Recruitment Tips

Candidate First

Put the candidate's experience first. Every candidate that you interact with should feel good about the company and the whole recruitment process regardless of them being hired or not. This is a huge part of your employer’s brand and creating a bad candidate experience can put people off, and they may avoid using your company again.


When writing a job description ensure that it accurately reflects the needs of the role and identifies essential skills required.  If you don’t specify what you are looking for, how will the candidate know what you need? Specific job descriptions will help to reduce the number of unsuitable candidates applying.


As a recruiter, it’s your job to get potential candidates excited about the position. It’s important to share the right details; the salary, benefits, culture, and what they should expect if they are hired. Personalise the message, show the person you contact that they weren’t just 1 out of 100 emails you’ve sent and response rates will increase.


When you have many phone calls, meetings, interviews, and your own day-to-day tasks, you need to stay on top of things. Maintaining a strict calendar is a must. Be sure to check off a task when you finish.


Plan your questions and keep them relevant. There are a number of common interview questions you can add to your screening process available online. Ask all of the candidates the same questions and score the interview at the end before meeting another candidate. This will help make sure that your candidates are properly assessed.

Embrace diversity. Diversity and inclusion are essential to every company. Seek and consider applicants from a wide range of backgrounds and life experiences. Identify ways you can make your hiring process more friendly and inclusive to people from different backgrounds.

What Is the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland?

​The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) is a public body established in law to protect the health, safety of patients and the public by regulating pharmacists and pharmacies in Ireland. Pharmacists and pharmaceutical assistants must be registered with the PSI in order to practice in Ireland. The PSI also keeps a register of pharmacists, pharmaceutical assistants, and pharmacies publishedhere and can be searched by any member of the public.

Below is a list of options available to both first time and continued registration applicants:

  • First-Time Registration - This details how you can apply for registration as a first-time applicant in Ireland with the PSI. There are different routes of registration for pharmacists depending on where a person has graduated and trained as a pharmacist.

  • Continued Registration - Pharmacists wishing to remain on the register to practice in Ireland must apply on an annual basis for continued registration and pay a yearly fee.

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) - In order to be accepted for continued registration, all pharmacists must complete a declaration on an annual basis that they undertake to maintain appropriate experience in the practice of pharmacy, keep up-to-date of continuing education and professional developments in the profession of pharmacy, and continuing professional development relevant to the practice of pharmacy.

  • Changes to Registration Details - Registrants can make changes to personal details held by the PSI using the online Registrant login section. It is important that registrants keep their contact details and other information updated for the public registers.

  • Canceling your Registration - If you no longer wish to be registered with the PSI or if you are considering retiring from the Register of Pharmacists, you can voluntarily cancel your registration with the PSI on request.

  • Restoring your Registration - If you wish to restore your name to the Register, having previously withdrawn, you should complete the restoration form and return it to the PSI.

Certificates of Registration are issued once applications for registration or continued registration, including fees, have been processed.

How Does a New Pharmacist Register with the PSI?

There arethree routesto registration. The route you take depends on where you received your training.

Irish Trained Pharmacist

If you trained in Ireland, then your National Pharmacy Internship Programme (NPIP) course qualifies you to apply for registration. Once you successfully complete the NPIP (and pass the Professional Registration Exam), you can apply for PSI registration by providing some personal documentation including proof of your course, ID, and the registration fee.

EU Trained pharmacist

If you are an EU national and trained as a pharmacist in an EU/EEA member state, then there are two ways to register as an EU pharmacist.

  1. Complete your application and submit all required documents. If you trained in a non-English speaking country, you will also need to provide evidence of your English language competence. Once your application is processed, you will be invited to attend a meeting to review your application.

  2. Register by using yourEuropean Professional Card

    (EPC) . The EPC is available to pharmacists, nurses, doctors etc. Your EPC allows your home state to verify your information and send it to the PSI on your behalf. However, the EPC does not guarantee your right to work in Ireland.

Trained Outside of the EU/EEA

If you trained outside the EU/EEA, then you must apply to have your pharmacist qualifications recognised in Ireland.

The PSI evaluates your education with afour-stage process.

  1. Make a valid application

  2. Pass an equivalency exam

  3. Adaptation period

  4. Professional Registration Examination (PRE)

Once you have successfully completed the qualification recognition assessment you can then submit an application to be added to the register of pharmacists. You will also have to meet the PSI’sLanguage Competency Requirements

 More information on how to register with the PSI can be foundhere.